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A visual lexicon of the colorful slang, from alligator investment to zoomburb, that defines sprawl in America.Duck, ruburb, tower farm, big box, and pig-in-a-python are among the dozens of zany terms invented by real estate developers and designers today to characterize land-use practices and the physical elements of sprawl. Sprawl in the environment, based on the metaphor of a person spread out, is hard to define. This concise book engages its meaning, explains common building patterns, and illustrates the visual culture of sprawl. Seventy-five stunning color aerial photographs, each paired with a definition, convey the impact of excessive development and provide the verbal and visual vocabulary needed by professionals, public officials, and citizens to critique uncontrolled growth in the American landscape. 75 color photographs.
Author Biography: Dolores Hayden, professor of architecture and American studies at Yale University, writes about the politics of design. Her most recent book is Building Suburbia.
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FredB on LibraryThing
5 months ago
A quick read. This is a picture book of things you might see in a typical sprawling suburb, with some clever terminology. For example, a LULU is a "Locally Unwanted Land Use". This could refer to a landfill, prison or nuclear power plant. A "ball pork" is a stadium or arena paid for by taxpayers but that benefits a rich owner. A TOAD is a "temporary, obsolete, abandoned or derelict site", such as a dead mall or factory. Each term comes with a very illustrative picture. For example, a "greenfield", that is a suburban development carved out of raw land, comes with a picture of tract homes juxtaposed with a working farm.
colinsky on LibraryThing
8 months ago
Fantastic aerial photos of different types of sprawl along with bittersweet funny commentary and some valuable references. The idea is to encourage people to talk more about sprawl by popularizing a lexicon that can describe it.
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